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2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA


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About the Program

The English major is designed to be extremely flexible. You can focus on literature, linguistics, cultural studies, or work with your academic advisor to develop another plan of study that will achieve your educational goals. In general, this major requires a lot of reading and writing and includes courses in literatures of America and the world; advanced courses in British literature and writers; courses in writing about literature; a language course; and an advanced course in poetry, drama, or fiction.

Points of Pride

  • An English major learns many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead them to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, etc. Skills include: Ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, grammatical accuracy, editing and rewriting skills, ability to analyze and interpret data, documentation skills, creativity, foreign language ability, ability to present a clear and logical argument, understanding of human motivation.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a vast library of resources ranging from style guides to instructional material to assist Purdue students. OWL also is an international resource, with a Web site that receives nearly 100 million hits a year from more than 125 different countries.
  • Books and Coffee is held on campus each Thursday in February. Coffee and tea are available, followed by a half-hour talk about a selected work. The series is highly attended by faculty, staff, and students.
  • Purdue has several student organizations for English students which include the Student Association, Haraka Writers, and the Professional Writers Club.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for English  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

English-BA
ENGL
120 Credits

“C - “or better in all ENGL courses used to fulfill requirements

English Major Requirements (33 credits)


English Major Requirements

Prerequisite


ENGL 10600  or ENGL 10800 ; ENGL 22700  or equivalent

PLEASE NOTE: Students following old core requirements must complete a fourth-level foreign language course.

Required ENGL Courses (33 credits)


Area B - Area Studies (9 credits)


Choose one course in three of the following categories:

  1. Genre
  2. Race/Gender/Postcolonial Studies
  3. Literary Periods and Movements
  4. Language Studies
  5. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture

Area C - Advanced Coursework (9 credits)


Choose one course in each of the following categories:

  • Choose one of the courses in a major author - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Choose one of the special topics courses - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Choose one additional 400- level literature/theory course from the list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Area D - English Electives (6 credits)


two additional English courses (at the 20000, 30000, 40000, or 50000 level)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54-56 credits)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (31-33 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15-17 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15-16 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


  • ENGL 30100 - Ways Of Reading
  • SLC 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Natural Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • US Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


  • ENGL REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • ENGL REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ENGL REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • ENGL REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ENGL REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • ENGL REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ENGL REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ENGL REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • ENGL REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ENGL REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note


Students must earn a “C-” or better in each English course.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

English Selective Requirements Lists


Area B - Area Studies


Choose one course in three of the following categories:

Area C - Advanced Coursework


Choose one course in each of the following categories:

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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